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Make Plans to Attend the Sandestin Gumbo & Bloody Mary Festival

Feb 2 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

Since 1989, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, has welcomed a fun-loving crowd back year after year. And this year’s festival—set for February 24th and 25th will be no exception. Join in the fun Friday, February 24th at Hammerhead Bar & Grille’s Kick-Off Party. Live music begins at 4 p.m., with […]

Make a Splash!

Jan 20 23
by Will Estell

Welcome to some of the best resort pools on the Gulf Coast! Let’s face it, even though many of us take a beach vacation because of the beach, there’s a lot to be said for enjoying a long day lounging by a cool pool while sipping an even cooler drink, and watching the ones you […]

Find the Best Beer at the Beach at these Gulf Coast Breweries

Oct 31 22
by Will Estell

If you’re a fan of great craft beer and beautiful beaches you’re definitely in luck when deciding to hit this strip of white sand and emerald waters, looking for either.  In addition to the remarkable views, hot summer nights, and great food and fun, this immensely popular destination is also home to an array of Gulf […]

Best Beach Bars on the Gulf Coast

Sep 24 22
by Julia Sayers Gokhale

Grab a cocktail or cold beer at one of these iconic and trendy beach bars on the Gulf Coast. Sun, sand, and a cocktail in hand…there’s a reason this phrase is on every beach tote and koozie. Nothing goes better together than the beach and a tropical cocktail. So, it only makes sense that the […]

Enjoy the Beach With a Bang!

Jul 13 22
by Will Estell
Okaloosa Island Fireworks

Free Fireworks Every Wednesday Night on Okaloosa Island If you like the sight and sounds of fireworks over the water, you’ll definitely enjoy the weekly summer spectacle put on at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. This dazzling display takes place every single Wednesday night along the beautiful beaches of Okaloosa Island, and is a great […]

Fast Boats, Food & Fun Await at Billy Bowlegs Poker Run

May 16 22
by Will Estell

If you’re anywhere near Destin, Fort Walton Beach, or the beaches of 30A this Saturday, May 21st it’s a great time to check out some fast boats and fun, during the annual Billy Bowlegs Poker Run. Legendary Marine hosts this speedboat spectacular each year, bringing in both locals, and boaters from around the country. This […]

Lionfish & Libations: HarborWalk Village Brings Another First to Destin

May 9 22
by Will Estell
Destin Lionfish

If you’re a fan of fish, beer and fun, along a beautiful coastal backdrop, you’ll love being a part of Destin’s first annual Lionfish & Libations Festival. This one-of-a-kind new festival for 2022 takes place Saturday May 14th from 12:00 – 4:00 at Destin’s HarborWalk Village, situated outside Emerald Grande Resort, right in the heart […]

The 17th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach

May 8 22
by Alison Large Ketcham
Digital Graffiti Alys Beach

Where Illuminative Art, Architecture and Sound Merge to Create a Sensational Sensory Experience If you’re a fan of art, architecture, and the beach you’re certain to enjoy Digital Graffiti — one of the Beaches of South Walton‘s most-popular events. This year’s spectacular 17th Annual Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach festival is scheduled for May 17-18, […]

Fishing is King in Destin!

Apr 16 22
by Charlie Peay
Destin fishing boat going out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico

Destin is not known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing! The fishing action in Destin can be hot and heavy inshore, offshore, and from beach piers and jetties. All of you do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that you don’t need a boat to enjoy an excellent day of fishing in Destin. Many […]

Gulf Coast RV Parks

Feb 21 22
by Julia Sayers Gokhale

Traveling by RV is one of the most fun ways to travel — especially if you’re heading to the beach. Imagine driving your home-on-wheels onto sugar-white sand and waking up each morning with a view of bright blue water. You can do that and more at many of the Gulf Coast’s RV parks! If you […]

Things To Do in Gulf Shores

Dec 18 21
by Amber Garrett

With more than 32 miles of sugar-white beaches and rolling sand dunes, it’s no wonder Gulf Shores is one of the South’s best vacation spots. The main attraction is the beach, but many more family-friendly options await. Spend the day at Gulf State Park, where you can visit the second largest pier on the Gulf […]

Plan-Ahead Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Jun 10 21
by Alison Large Ketcham
Black-and-white French bulldog sitting on a white-sand beach

Your dog is excited to see you each and every day. His or her enthusiasm lifts you when you’re down. Your dog is your best friend. And now you want to thank your pet for such love and loyalty with a BFF beach vacation. But what are the realities of taking Fido or Fifi to […]

Subtropical Climate Makes a Getaway to Panama City Beach a Year-Round Event

Jun 9 21
by Chris Chatelain
Panama City Beach, Florida

While Northwest Florida might be best known for the most beautiful sugar-white sand in the world, it is the fantastic weather of places like Panama City Beach that make it a wonderland spot to visit just about any time of year. As part of the “Sunshine State,” there are plenty of the golden rays to […]

Gulf Coast 4th of July Fireworks Schedules

Jun 8 21
by S. Lynne
July 4th Fireworks over the Gulf

All along the Gulf Coast, resorts and communities are gearing up to celebrate July 4th fireworks celebrations with food, music, and more. And since the fun starts on Friday, July 2, and continues through the weekend, we’ve compiled a list so you won’t miss a thing. (Unless otherwise stated, admission to all events is free.) […]

Discover Endless Fun at Destin Harbor

Jun 6 21
by S. Lynne
Aerial view of Destin Harbor, East Pass and the Gulf of Mexico

It’s home to the biggest, best-equipped fishing fleet in Florida and is the heart of Destin,  “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” And, with completion of the new boardwalk and the revitalization of HarborWalk Village, Destin Harbor is one of the hottest destinations on the Gulf Coast. Destin Harbor Boardwalk Restaurants At HarborWalk Village and all […]

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Prizes!

May 18 21
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

Excitement is growing for the 19th annual 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition casts off June 23 to 27 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is hosting the popular sporting event with a $2 million-plus purse.  Also, […]

Summer Events at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Add Sizzle to Your Summer

May 12 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
summer events sandestin golf and beach resort

Florida sunshine isn’t the only thing to brighten up your stay at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort this summer. The vacation hot spot features fun events all season along its gorgeous emerald coastline and Village of Baytowne Wharf – Sandestin Resort’s go-to for shopping, dining, art galleries, and play. Looking for a new cover-up? Have […]

It’s LuLuPalooza Time

May 7 21
by S. Lynne
Lulupalooza

Good food, good music, and lots of hand-clapping, head-bobbing, toe-tapping fun. That’s what to expect when the annual LuLuPalooza kicks off on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at LuLu’s Gulf Shores restaurant and marina. Under the guidance of LuLu’s owner Lucy Buffett – yes, she’s Jimmy’s sister – this popular music event regularly brings in some […]

Giddy for Graffiti

Apr 8 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
digitally projected woman's face at Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach

One of the  most popular events on 30A is right around the corner, Digital Graffiti Festival: A Drive-Thru Experience at Alys Beach. Alys Beach gives artists from all over the world the opportunity to display their original work while competing for prize money in a juried art competition. This one-of-a-kind visual and immersive event features […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Mar 30 21
by S. Lynne
Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirate handing out beads to the crowd

Visitors and residents – beware! Fort Walton Beach is bracing for trouble when that infamous pirate, Captain Billy Bowlegs, and his band of merry men stage the invasion of the 65th annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade this spring. But the resulting skirmishes should be fun, not mayhem, when Billy and his Krewe […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Mar 24 21
by S. Lynne
Saxophonist and violinist on stage at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

Saxophonist Boney James is among the headliners for the 2021 Seabreeze Jazz Festival.   The white sands and emerald waters of  Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 22nd annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 21-25, 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 […]

Biking Along the Gulf Coast Places Cyclists in a Winter Wonderland

Feb 16 21
by S. Lynne
Couple enjoying a winter bike ride on Hwy 30a beaches in Florida.

Winter’s a great time for biking along the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida and Alabama. The beach is still beautiful, the crowds have gone home, and the temperatures and rental rates have dropped. Best of all, the area offers plenty of paved bike paths that are safe as well as scenic. In fact, all of […]

The Best Gumbo in Gulf Shores

Nov 10 20
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Bowl of Gumbo in Gulf Shores

With easy-peasy temperatures of the season inviting you out both day and night, taste buds are waking up to the spicier side of life. As you cruise the seashores of beautiful Gulf Shores, a piping hot bowl of gumbo is likely to hit the spot, especially with plenty of proven recipes in town. The tricky […]

Work Remotely from the Beach with These Vacation Rentals

Oct 28 20
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
working remotely at the beach

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, play, vacation, and, more than anything, how we work. As more and more people began working remotely, they–and their companies–realized that many jobs can be performed from anywhere. So why not work remotely from the beach?  As vacation rental companies had to adapt to a new […]

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

Oct 13 20
by S. Lynne
Flora-Bama Mullet Toss worker talking mullet out of a blue bucket

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in […]

Find Your Peace at the Best Secluded Beaches Along the Gulf Coast

Oct 2 20
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
The best secluded beaches on Florida and Alabama's Gulf Coast

More and more people are flocking to the beach as domestic and outdoor tourism rises, which means several coastal areas are seeing an increase in visitors. While the benefit of a beach vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic is that it allows for relatively safe travel, you still don’t want to be around large crowds, even […]

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally Rolls into Panama City Beach this Spring for its 25th Spectacular Year

Sep 18 20
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

The Most Biker-Friendly Free Rally in the U.S. Thousands of bikers will soon wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida for the Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally 2024. The five-day event will feature hundreds of vendors and exhibitors in multiple venues. Enjoy interacting with some of the motorcycle industry’s most well-known names. And live entertainment will […]

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Boat Launches

Sep 14 20
by Lisa Milberger Moore

Fort Morgan Public Boat Launch Fort Morgan’s Public Boat Launch provides courtesy access to the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With multiple slips allowing four boats to be launched or retrieved simultaneously, boating enthusiasts can come and go with ease. Ten parking spots allow for individuals or groups to meet for a day […]

Fort Morgan: Off the Beaten Path But Worth the Trip

Sep 14 20
by S. Lynne

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip to Fort Morgan. Located on Mobile Point, a little more than 20 miles from Gulf Shores, it’s off the beaten path but definitely worth the trip. Completed in 1834, the fort was designed to control the main ship channel into Mobile Bay, so […]

Beach Wedding Cost: Keep Your Budget on Track

Aug 26 20
by Darcie Plowden
Beach wedding setup with blue-covered white chairs and arch decorated with sand dollars

There are literally hundreds of decisions to be made when planning a wedding. The first one is deciding where you want to get married. For those of us in love with the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast, a beach wedding is an ideal way to personalize the celebration. And the icing on the wedding […]